Friday June 27, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- A severe storm in Omaha has damaged the Qwest Center, forcing swimmers practicing for the U.S. Olympic trials to
evacuate the pools.
Officials at the 7-year-old arena near downtown Omaha have
closed the building for the rest of the night after the storm blew
through to check for damage. Superstar Michael Phelps and hundreds
of other swimmers were herded into the hallways of the arena after
a tornado warning was issued.
Hail, heavy rain and 50-mile-per-hour wind tore through the city
during the storm. Water poured into the building, down arena steps and onto the deck of the competition pool. The 8-day meet to decide the U.S.
Olympic swimming team opens Sunday.
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